David P. Waddilove

David P. Waddilove

Associate Professor of Law

Office: 1190 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-0674
Email: waddilove@nd.edu
Staff Assistant: Kristina Kusisto
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Dr D.P. Waddilove is a legal historian of early-modern England with special interest in equity and the Court of Chancery. The heart of his research lies at the intersection of property and contract as they interact with equity and finance. He is interested in how matters of credit, debt, and security were treated in legal and equitable doctrine in light of their economic and social contexts, and how that establishes a framework for modern law. He teaches related subjects including Property, Secured Transactions, and Trusts and Estates.

Before joining the faculty of Notre Dame Law School, Waddilove was a fellow of St. Catharine’s College Cambridge, and a fellow in private law at Harvard Law School. He also clerked for the Hon. Morris S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and practiced law with an emphasis on commercial litigation. Waddilove earned his Ph.D. in English legal history from the University of Cambridge, a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan, an M.A.R. with concentration in Theology from Yale University, and B.A. and M.A. in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Courses Taught

  • Law 60906 Property
  • Law 70103 Secured Transactions
  • Law 70507 Trusts & Estates
  • Law 73204 Private Law Workshop


Anticontract and the Completion of Law Through Equity, 60 American Business L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2024)

Aspects of Equity in 1600: Wills, Forfeitures, and Trusts, in Essays on the History of Equity (David Foster & Charles Mitchel eds., forthcoming 2024)

The “Mendacious” Common-Law Mortgage, 107 KY. L.J. 425 (2019)

Why the Equity of Redemption?, in LAND AND CREDIT: MORTGAGES AND ANNUITIES IN THE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN EUROPEAN COUNTRYSIDE (C.D. Briggs & Jaco Zuijderduijn eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Emmanuel College v. Evans (1626) and the History of Mortgages, 73 CAMBRIDGE L.J. 142 (2014)are

Areas of Expertise

  • English Legal History
  • Property
  • Secured Transactions
  • Equity
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Private Law Theory